Intellectual property (IP) specialists work for clients who are concerned with protecting their intellectual properties. These clients want to protect their creations or inventions, related to music, literature, books, product names, and other artistic works. They help protect the intellectual properties of businesses, authors, inventors, musicians, and other owners of creative works.
These IP specialists must conduct thorough research on existing patents, so that their employers’ or clients’ creations do not infringe on others’ patent rights. They must perform infringement analysis to make sure that other companies or people do not infringe on their client’s or employer's inventions.
Depending on the type of positions that they apply for, they must have a law degree, a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and/or relevant work experience as intellectual property (IP) specialists. Some employers require that candidates have registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They must understand USPTO time requirements clearly. They must be proficient with patent search engine and relevant software. Some employers prefer that candidates have relevant experience, working with law firms specializing in intellectual property. If they are not patent lawyers, these specialists must work closely with intellectual property counsels within their organization. Intellectual property (IP) specialists must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must be able to protect confidential information. They must keep themselves up to date with various government rules and regulations related to intellectual property.
Intellectual Property (IP) Specialist Tasks
Interview clients and conduct research to understand invention.
Draft and prosecute patent application for invention.
Aid inventors and invention owners in obtaining a patent for their invention.
Respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions.